Kiwanis - Serving the Children of the World
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Serving the Children of the World

Club Meeting - April 20, 2017

We enjoyed a busy meeting this morning as we planned for our many spring events. This afternoon we will be cooking dinner at the Benchely-Weinberger open house. Tomorrow we are meeting at Benchmark Brewery for a happy hour social, Saturday we will participate in the I Love a Clean San Diego service event at Mission Trails Park and next Thursday we will prepare lunch for the Court and Clergy Conference at the United Methodist Church in Mission Valley. Meanwhile, our SDSU Circle K students are hosting a fundraiser at Fiji Yogurt after the Mission Trails cleanup event, and they will hold their end-of-year banquet later in the day at Mission Trails Church. Doug Grosmark announced that his K-Kids Club at Hearst has raised over $1,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Kathy Wiskur”s K-Kids Club from Marvin Elementary is currently collecting new socks for homeless students here in San Diego. It’s shaping up to be a busy week indeed!

We were honored to recognize our Student of the Month from Patrick Henry High School. He is twelfth grader Noah Michael Leach. This school year, Noah is one of only nine students chosen from the 2400 students who attend PHHS for this honor! Noah was accompanied by his proud mom Amy and principal Listy Gillingham. Ms. Gillingham gave us an enthusiastic run down on just some of Noah’s many accomplishments. In addition to being a great student, Noah is a strong leader who is well-respected by his peers. He is a hard worker who is always there to help other students. His passion is the theater and he has participated in many of the PHHS productions, including Phantom of the Opera and The Little Mermaid. He has been accepted into the SDSU Theater arts program where he will continue to pursue his dreams. Ms. Leach assured us that the depth of Noah’s character and the legacy he is leaving at PHHS, will ensure that Noah continues to meet with great success in all his future endeavors. Doug Grosmark presented Noah with a certificate and a gift card to Hooley’s restaurant. We all expect to see Noah’s name up in lights in the not-too-distant future!

Our Kiwanian of the Day was Norm Townsend. Norm collected Happy/Sad Dollars and made sure we were all wearing our Kiwanis badges. He was pleased to introduce our guest speaker, Carlos Michelon from the San Diego Water Authority. For more than 70 years, the Water Authority has pursued its mission to provide the region with a safe, reliable water supply. It is responsible for providing safe and adequate water to 97% of the population of San Diego County. Given the fact that San Diego averages 10 inches of water a year, and this can vary greatly as seen from our recent dramatic jump from drought to deluge, it is important to effectively manage this vital resource. Carlos stressed that even though we have just experienced a year with heavy rainfall, it should not make us lessen our commitment to water conservation.  He highlighted some of the many programs that the Water authority offers the public, free of charge. They include booklets, pamphlets, classes and rebates on water saving devices. Even though the drought we have experienced in the past few years has been declared over, it is still important to do our best to conserve as much as possible and continue to explore ways we can go even farther to protect our most precious resource!

                       
                                         Congratulations, Student of the Month, Noah Michael Leach!

                       
                         Carlos Michelon (l.) and Norm Townsend treated us to a fun and informative meeting!